of Interior of Ukraine Аcademician Bogomolets St., 10, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine
Today, on March 31, Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov met with a delegation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Finland led by Minister Petteri Orpo, who has come to Kyiv within the framework of their working visit to Ukraine.
The Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine expressed his gratitude to the Finnish government for systematic support of eurointegration aspirations of Ukraine. He pointed out that the conditions of law and order and security in Finland and Ukraine are fundamentally different, but the support of the Finnish colleagues is essential.
"Our reform is held in special circumstances, at war", - said the Head of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
He said that the hostilities in the east give rise to a number of complications. However, despite all the obstacles the law enforcement agency is moving purposefully through reforms.
Minister of Internal Affairs of Finland Petteri Orpo pointed out that it was his first visit to Ukraine.
It was important for him to see Kharkiv during his working visit - the city where the aggression was stopped and where the military confrontation with the separatists was avoided.
Petteri Orpo said that Finland supports Ukraine in its aspiration to Europe and is ready to provide all the possible assistance in the process of the European integration in general, and in the reform of law enforcement system in particular.
"We are very pleased with the visit and the level of the discussions initiated with your experts, - said Petteri Orpo. - We are ready to offer our cooperation in the spheres of the internal security and border management. Since this visit precedes a visit at the highest level, perhaps this cooperation will be included in the agenda of the meeting of the Presidents of our countries”.
The Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Finland highly estimated the processes occurring in the Ukrainian police. But he stressed that the qualitative reforms require much time and effort.
A police spokesman of Finland Kauko Atom noted that the Polish police reform process began just after the Second World War and constantly continues: only for the last six years three reforms have passed.
Petteri Orpo noted that the Ukrainian reform of the law enforcement system will take many years. The Minister of Internal Affairs of Finland also emphasized that in the process of reforming and building an effective law enforcement, issues of quality are much more important than quantity issues. This especially applies to the selection of men to the police.
During the meeting, the Ministers of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and Finland signed a joint declaration on cooperation between the law enforcement agencies.
Department of communication of MIA-Ukraine